Toni Blackman, the first US Hip Hop Ambassador, is currently a teaching artist at Carnegie Hall. Featured in Forbes Magazine, on CENTRIC television, MTV, VH1 and on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Toni, who was honored as DOVE Real Woman in 2012, is the world’s leading expert on Cyphers and has shared stages with the likes of Erykah Badu, Yasiin Bey, the Roots, Vernon Reid, Meshell, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Onaje Allan Gumbs, and Youssou Ndour. She releases her new book Wisdom of the Cypher late 2016 along with BELIEVE, her Hip Hop Meditation project. Toni works in the arts, education and the corporate world, giving talks, facilitating her signature Cypher workshop and performing. Toni’s Cypher Workshop for MCs and vocalists is held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at Hi-Arts NYC in Harlem and The Lyrical Debate will be produced October 29th in partnership with the City Lore Foundation.